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Questions for the client to answerThe following generic checklist is applicable to virtually all translation projects. Many of our clientsProject ObjectivesDefine the overall goal or objective of the project. What do you intend the finalproduct to be?Determine who needs to/will be involved in your selected team.Determine the target language(s) and/or the particular dialect(s) (e.g. MexicanSpanish, South African English...)Determine what type of audience will be reading the translations? Youth,technical, maternal? Income level: lower, middle or upper? Technical orgeneral audience?Determine the translation styles. Again, if you can pinpoint the style of thetranslation or tone of the material to be translated, it will save you time andmoney as your project reaches its audience: for literary styles, marketingstyles, official or even legal styles. Each of these requires a specific translatorthat is qualified for the subject matter. Choosing the wrong translator couldresult in a message that is poorly conveyed to the target audience.Project Budget RequirementsDetermine the overall budget of the project.Determine the deadline for project submissionConsult with your translation agency on possible savings opportunities for yourproject.Determine override allowances.Project InventoryCreate a Master File List or inventory of all the files to be translated in yourproject. Remove or identify any files not to be translated. With moderntranslation tools the thoroughness of the translators is exceptional and if youdo not specify translatable versus non-translatable content it may result inthousands of dollars in extra costs. We have seen project costs and timelinesdouble due to a single set of files included in a project that should have beenremoved.Separate and classify files in your inventory by type. This will help youorganize and prioritize which files are completed first. This will also allow youto set the project flow and optimize your resources allocated to the project.Source FilesOrganize all files in which there is a source file. For instance, image files mayhave been created using one of today's valuable tools (Illustrator, Photoshop,Fireworks, etc.) and then outputing a file (JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, etc) forutilization in your final product. Without the original source files you wouldhave to re-create the original source of the file(s). Providing these originalsource files can save substantial amounts of money and time.
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